Baltimore mayor to reveal city budget Wednesday

Posted at 9:15 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 09:15:00-04

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will reveal the city budget for the first time as mayor on Wednesday.

One of the city's main concerns is if $5.5 million will be transferred from the Baltimore City Police Department's overtime budget and reallocated to the Baltimore City Public Schools - which faces a $130 million budget shortfall.

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The city school budget is mainly funded through the state.

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If the gap is not filled, city schools will have to lay off 1,000 teachers and staff - creating large class sizes.

Pugh hopes to cut down on the police overtime budget which the department says is critical to public safety.

Baltimore City's operating budget is $2.6 billion.

The budget announcement will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.